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is a sequester that goes into effect cutting $85 billion this year. the pentagon notifies congress today of its large-scale furlough plan should those cuts kick in. >>> let's head to wall street. cnbc's jackie deangelis is at the new york stock exchange. good morning. >> good morning, natalie. another day, another cyber attack. this time on apple. authorities believe that the hackers that targeted facebook last week used the same software to attack the mac computers of apple employees. all this, of course, coming on the heels of chrysler, jeep and burger king saying their twitter accounts were hacked. >>> meanwhile it isn't 1999 but investors are sure partying like it is, after nasdaq hit an all-time high. google its stock price topping $800 a share yesterday. natalie? >> all right. jackie at the new york stock exchange, thank you. >>> the vice president is generating some buzz after a facebook town hall chat with parents' magazine and a discussion focusing on joe biden's gun control efforts. he gave frank advice on self-defense. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun.
. just in time for spring, national parks like yosemite will see their services cut, the pentagon planning to force more than 700,000 defense department workers to take one day off a week, a 20% pay cut. near quantico marine base in northern virginia, the anticipation is already breeding anxiety. >> people are hunkered down, really afraid to spend any kind of money. >> reporter: there is bipartisan agreement for one thing, both sides seem to agree that these cuts will go into affect at the end of this week. there's also at least some good news. most of the layoffs and furloughs won't actually take place until a month from now. >> maybe they will sort it out at some point. peter alexander at the white house, thank you very much. >>> let's get a check of the top stories of the morning. natalie is here with those. >> good morning to you. >> good morning. welcome back. >> thank you. >> good morning, savannah. in the news this morning, john kerry is in london this morning as he kicks off his first official overseas trip as secretary of state. nbc's foreign chief correspondent andrea mi
those automatic spending cuts. >>> today chuck hagel is taking over at the pentagon after the senate voted 58-41 tuesday to confirm him as defense secretary. he was sworn in this morning. among his big challenges, those looming defense department budget cuts and troop levels in afghanistan. >>> last night in south africa, a private memorial service for model reeva steenkamp. the service planned by olympic runner oscar pistorius who says he shot her by accident on valentine's day. pistorius is charged with premeditated murder. >>> a new honor today for the late civil rights pioneer rosa parks. the unveiling of a statue of her on capitol hill with president obama and congressional leaders taking part. known as the mother of the civil rights movement, rosa parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a montgomery, alabama, city bus back in 1955. this month marks what would have been her 100th birthday. >>> and nicolas cage was the big winner on a recent high school game show in boston when the host chatted with contestants about movies they like. one team was four for four for ni
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